After Gratitude Circle, we went to Grandmother Tree to see if we had any more pieces of the Great Map or clues to help us get the Beaver King's Flute and defeat The Winter King. We got a note from GT telling us we helped save Beatrice Bird's life and she gave us the Southern part of the Great Map. We also got a bag from Beatrice Bird with 3 coded scrolls to help us on our quest. The Guardians broke off into 3 teams to decode the messages. The messages from Beatrice told us that the last piece of the West is guarded by the Earth/Soil spirits and we would need to create an original song for the Earth. We were given instruments(a kalimba, dulcimer, drum and maracas) and the message told us to say what we are grateful for on Earth during the song. We went to the white house with thankful thoughts in our hearts. Then we passed the instruments around the circle as we took turns saying what we love about Earth. We hope our song was good enough to get the last part of the Great Map but won't know until tomorrow. Then we learned about rocks. We talked and looked at examples of how rocks form (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary). Then we took turns acting out and guessing which type rock was being formed in a game of charades. We also looked at how to identify common rocks and discussed their modern as well as ancient uses. They were surprised when I made sparks from flint stone. Then in teams they had to match each rock we learned about with clues to see how well they could identify them. Afterwards, we ate lunch. Then we made kindness rocks (creek rocks painted with a positive message like "Be Happy" that you hide somewhere for someone else to find and keep). Then they hid them and we had to find each other's rock. They took their rocks home to hide somewhere (like a park) for another person to find and keep. We also played Animal Party and Observation. Then, since it was raining, we voted whether to have Freemaker time inside or explore outside in the rain. They voted for Freemaker time. Lastly, we practiced our play with costumes and props and did the obstacle course for awhile.